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    Prestaties duurzame ontwikkeling van Schneider Electric stijgt terug in Q3 2013, ondanks uiteenlopende resultaten

    • Base of the Pyramid: more than 630,000 households gained access to energy and more than 28,000 people trained in energy management 
    • Significant progress of the Group’s new People indicator on “Training” 
    • A mitigated performance for environmental (“Planet”), “Green Growth” and “Suppliers” indicators 

    Rueil-Malmaison (France), 7 November, 2013. Schneider Electric announced today its extra-financial results for the third quarter of 2013. Thanks to the Planet & Society Barometer, Schneider Electric measures its sustainable development ambitious commitments for the next three years through 14 quartely-reported. With a rating of 6.38/10, the Barometer is above target for the third quarter 2013 and will exceed the end-of-year target of 5.5/10.

    The extra-financial results by indicator were as follows:

    Planet & Society Barometer

    Start of 2012

    Q2 2013 Results

    Q3 2013 Results

    2014 Targets

    Planet Indicators






    10% CO2 savings on transportation





    Products & Solutions

    75% of our product revenue achieved with Green Premium






    10% energy consumption savings





    Profit Indicators





    Green growth

    7 points growth revenue with EcoXpert partners above Group growth revenue


    -0.25 pt

    -1.47 pt

    7 pts

    Access to energy

    1 million households at the Base of the Pyramid have access to energy 




    1,000, 000


    90% of our recommended suppliers embrace ISO 26000 guidelines






    3 major ethical stock market indices choose Schneider Electric





    Best Practice

    300 sites recognised as “Great place to work – cool site”





    People Indicators






    30% reduction in the Medical Incident Rate (MIR)






    70% result in our Employee Engagement Index






    30% women in our talent pool (~ 2,500 people)






    1 day of training for each employee every year





    Access to energy

    30,000 people at the BoP trained in energy management






    300 missions achieved with the “Schneider Electric Teachers” NGO





    Overall combined score (out of 10)

    1 With the exception of the annual results, there is a time lag of one quarter in the reporting of this indicator: in Qn, the reported result is the same as that for Qn-1.

    2From 2013, the Employee Engagement Index will be reported twice-yearly (Q2 and Q4).

    3 2013 Target: 5.5.





    Michel Crochon, Executive Vice-President, Strategy, Schneider Electric, commented: “The progress of our Planet & Society Barometer for the third quarter is encouraging, although it must not hide some constrasting results. This global performance reflects different realities of which results will be seen on mid or long term. This is the case of our employees’s engagement indicator we highlight this quarter. The “Employee Engagement Index” underlines the link between a company’s performance and its employees’ commitment, and the importance to measure their engagement regularly and in details.” 

    In the third quarter 2013, six indicators have improved significantly, or have remained at excellent levels.

    • The Access to Energy program: in terms of solutions and business model, 124,000 extra people have been connected to energy in the last 3 months thanks to Schneider Electric solutions; Base of the Pyramid training in energy management has progressed strongly up to 28,420 people trained since the start of 2012;
    • Three major ethical financial indices have listed Schneider Electric, the only French company of the CAC 40 to be listed in both CDP indices, the CPLI and the CDLI. Schneider Electric is also a leader in its industry in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index World and Europe;
    • CO2 savings on transportation have dipped from 29% to 27.2% but remain largely above the 2014 target of 10%.
    • The “Schneider Electric Teachers” NGO completed its 100th project in the field at the start of the summer, and has carried out 168 missions in total since 2012.
    • There has been a 7.3% increase in energy efficiency at the Group’s main sites since 2011;
    • The MIR (Medical Incident Rate) indicator, which monitors employees’ safety, has shown an increase of two points compared to the second quarter, a 45% reduction in incidents at work since January 2012.

    Three indicators require particular attention for reaching their annual targets:

    • The one day annual training for each employee has risen to 33% of Group’s employees trained, +14 points compared to the second quarter, although this is still below the fixed annual target;
    • The performance of the EcoXperts indicator (1.47 points of growth below Group’s one);
    • The “Suppliers” indicator, which measures the percentage of our recommended suppliers embracing ISO 26000 guidelines, has a value of 14.8% (+2.4 points compared to Q2).

    > For more information, please refer to the “Detailed Results per indicator category”.

    Focus on partner training
    To measure employees’ engagement, Schneider Electric sets up since 2010 a unique methodology which was sharpened in 2012. Fourteen questions are sent to all 140,000 employees worldwide twice a year. This survey, “One Voice”, which ensures anonymity, enables the Group to track four dimensions:
    - the level of commitment of employees through the Employee Engagement Index, designed by the consulting firm Aon Hewitt, and used in many companies. This index is made up of six questions aiming at evaluating employees’ opinion on the Group, as well as their willingness to stay and strive for the company;
    - the Schneider Electric’ six engagement drivers : vision, empowerment, development, inclusion, collaboration and work-life balance;
    - how collaborators promote the Group toward their relatives;
    - the part of collaborators aware of action plans related to engagement in their entity
    Results are released twice a year, simultaneously to the general management and to all the employees. Moreover, the 2,500 managers that have more than 20 people in their teams receive a dedicated report. This survey enables to manage employees’ engagement through dialogue between teams. The regular measure also allows a better reflection of the frequent changes in work environment.

    Dynamic and recognised engagement

    • Schneider Electric has once again shown its support for the Solar Decathlon, an international competition which asks students to design and build the most energy efficient house possible, powered by solar panels. The Group provides the competition teams with automation, connection, and engineering supplies. This quarter saw the first Chinese event which took place in Datong from 2 to 11 August. Schneider Electric was one of three international partners for the first Solar Decathlon China event, which was attended by 600 students, 56% of whom were from Chinese universities. The Group also supported the competition’s three winning teams: the University of Wollongong, Australia (1st place), the South China University of Technology, China (2nd place), and Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden (3rd place). This year, the Group also sponsored the U.S. event which took place in Irvine (California) from 3 to 13 October 2013. Schneider Electric supported ten of the twenty participating teams by providing them with energy management solutions designed specifically for buildings. The Group also provided the necessary engineering equipment to implement a micro-network operational solution.
    • On 20 September, Schneider Electric took 12th place in the PAP50 2013 ranking. This study, which is carried out every three years by NGOs WWF and Riposte Verte, evaluates the paper policy of the fifty largest French companies. After earning 33rd place in 2010, this improvement is a reflection of the change in the Group’s choices and policies. Schneider Electric is already working on new projects to make its paper consumption even more responsible.
    • At the Design Strategies Awards on 2 October 2013, Schneider Electric received the “Product Design” award for its portable solar LED lamp, the Mobiya TS 120, in the Light Products category. This lamp was developed as part of the Innovation aspect of the BipBop program which aims at designing and distributing sustainable and economical energy access solutions and models specifically adapted to the needs of particular populations at the base of the pyramid. This new LED solar lamp shows up in addition to the current range of lighting products, and combines both lighting and mobile phone charging via USB port, at any time or place. The Mobiya TS120 uses photovoltaic panels to recharge and its robust design suits perfectly for populations who do not have access to reliable, affordable, and clean energy.
    • On 25 October, Schneider Electric participated in the 7th World Forum in Lille. This annual event took place over three days and brought together major players around “responsible business”. During this event was unveiled Jeremy Rifkin’s vision of a “Third Industrial Revolution”, based on his recent book of the same name. Guy Dufraisse, President of Schneider Electric France, took part in the debate on the acute need for energy efficiency.
    • From 1 to 20 October, the Schneider Electric Foundation organised the visit to France of sixteen South African students from underprivileged backgrounds to study at the F’SASEC training centre. Since 2011, Schneider Electric South Africa and the Schneider Electric Foundation have funded this training centre in partnership with the French Ministry of Education. During their stay, students were given the opportunity to visit the Group’s Rueil-Malmaison headquarters as well as sites at Grenoble, Valence, and Tournon.
    • The impact-investing fund Schneider Electric Energy Access has confirmed three new investments in the third quarter or this year, reinforcing its support of sustainable development of energy access in Africa.
      • One Degree Solar is a company which designs, produces, and distributes solar products which improve access to energy as well as communication and information in off-grid African communities. Their "BrightBox" is an easy-to-use solar kit which can power lamps, phones, radios, and other USB devices;
      • Fenix International is a social enterprise which develops access to energy solutions. Its product, the “ReadySet”, is a comprehensive individual solution aimed at micro entrepreneurs in areas which have unreliable electric grid access;
      • Nova Lumos designs remote solar electricity production systems. In partnership with telecoms operators, Nova Lumos has developed a user telephone subscription prepayment system for energy related services.

    Detailed results by indicator category

    Planet, measuring Schneider Electric’s environmental performance.

    This family of indicators shows excellent overall performance, particularly the Carbon and Energy indicators. The Products and Solutions indicator has seen a decrease compared with the last quarter.
    > Since 2011, transport-related CO2 emissions have decreased by 27%, much better than the three-year objective of 10%, even though there was a slight 2% decrease.  The restatement of the data by our suppliers along with an unfavourable geographical carbon footprint mix can explain this decrease. In parallel, two e-learning programs related to CO2 have been completed by five hundred employees to encourage staff to consider greenhouse gases in their choice of transport.

    > The Products and Solutions indicator is down this quarter, decreasing from 67.3% last quarter to 63.3% of turnover generated by Green Premium™ products. The result includes the list of hazardous substances compiled by REACH, which was published in December 2012. The new list, published in June 2013, is currently being reviewed internally and by our suppliers. The fact that part of thenew substances are not yet taken into account partly explains this fall, as well as the inclusion of 2012 turnover in the denominator, which brings down the indicator significantly. However, the situation should stabilise by the end of the year.

    > The Energy indicator remained stable this quarter (7.3% energy savings compared to 7.4% in the second quarter). This stabilisation can be explained by the inclusion of new industrial and logistics sites which are not important energy-consumers. Those sites are therefore at an early stage of the implementation of StruxureWare™ Energy Operations and StruxureWare™ Resource Advisor software.

    Profit, measuring Schneider Electric’s ability to ensure steady, responsible economic growth while offering products and services that have minimal impact on the environment.

    This category of indicators shows a mitigated overall performance, with very good results for the Access to Energy indicators and a negative result for the EcoXperts.

    > The growth in sales generated through EcoXperts is 1.47 point below the Group’s growth in Q3 2013. Performance this quarter has been tempered by the results from southern European countries, which have been hit by the economic crisis. The program has not yet been launched in new economies and is still in the start-up phase in the United States, and therefore does not benefit from the Group’s best areas of growth.

    > The Access to Energy indicator points a continuously improving performance with 638,210 households at the Base of the Pyramid gaining access to energy thanks to Schneider Electric’s BipBop solutions. Moving towards the end of 2013, this indicator is on target to reach the 2014 end-of-year objective of a million households connected. Our subsidiaries Luminous in India and Conlog in Africa are the most active in terms of the number of households connected.

    > The Supplier indicator, which was instigated in the last quarter of 2012, has risen to 14.8% of “recommended” suppliers who have made progress in line with ISO 26000. A number of evaluations were launched throughout the third quarter, which should have a positive effect on the end-of-year results.

    > Schneider Electric is listed on the three major ethical financial indices. Schneider Electric was selected by both the DJSI World and Europe indices, as well as CDP. These indexes evaluate sustainable development performance in the world’s largest companiesto provide investors with reliable and comparable extra-financial information. Schneider Electric is in the DJSI for ten consecutive years by now. CDP index, evaluating climate change policy of large companies, selected the Group in both parts of the index: the “Climate Performance Leadership Index” which evaluates the performance of our climate change policy. Schneider Electric got the maximal score of A. Moreover, Schneider Electric is part of the “Climate Disclosure Leadership Index”, appraising comprehensiveness and transparency. We scored 97/100. This presence reinforces the relevance of our sustainability strategy while enlightening improvement paths.

    > The “Great place to work – Cool site” indicator relates to the number of Schneider Electric sites which are considered internally to be good places to work. In the third quarter of 2013, 157 sites were identified as “Cool sites” in 38 countries including nearly 61,000 employees. As part of this programme, excellent local initiatives have been identified globally and can be followed using the Group’s online cooperation tool, “Spice.”

    People, measuring Schneider Electric’s main commitments to its employees’ well-being and support for local communities in countries where the Group operates.

    This group of indicators indicate good overall performance, particularly thanks to the Safety and Access to Energy indicators.

    > The reduction in the Medical Incident Rate has continued this quarter. It has fallen by 45% compared to the end of 2011. Our training, awareness, and process formalisation are continuing to prove beneficial. The Safety priorities by the end of the Connect company program remain the implementation of OHSAS 18001 certification as well as annual security evaluations on site which allow risks to be identified and corrected, and the development of standardized tools for Health and the Environment within the Group (directives, processes, training, and communication tools).

    > The Employee Engagement Index remains unchanged at 57%, with a twice-yearly employee satisfaction survey called “OneVoice”. The following results will therefore be confirmed when the annual results are published in February 2014. (See “Focus on” on page 3)

    > The Diversity indicator, with 26% women in the talent pool, has remained at a good level in relation to its objective. The 2013 people reviews campaign allowed us to identify new talent, and will deliver its final results in the fourth quarter, providing a more complete basis for analysis.

    > The indicator of the percentage of employees having received one day of training was measured for the first time this year in France, North America, and China. At the end of June 2013, 33% of employees in these regions received at least one day of training since the start of the year. This is a strong progression in relation to the last quarter (19%). In addition to the e-learning trainings which are freely accessible via the new “My Learning Link” tool, targeted communication has been aimed at managers. Collective events such as the “Learning Lunch” have been organised to share training modules with groups and exchange thoughts. Moreover, this indicator enables the Group to move toward an individualized overview, in complement to the “average vision” we were tracking before (21 hours of formation/collaborator/year in 2012).

    > The indicator of the Access to Energy training program has again shown a strong increase in the third trimester of 2013, with a total of 28,420 people at the Base of the Pyramid having received training in energy–related trades. While there are still five quarters to reach the objective of 30,000 employees, the results from this quarter indicate that this target will be easily reached. This quarter, the performance is mainly due to excellent results in India (2,000), Brazil (2,976), and Colombia (1,002). In total since 2009, more than 40,000 people have been trained in energy management in twenty countries.

    > The Communities indicator relates to the 168 projects completed with the “Schneider Electric Teachers” NGO. Collective projects have also been carried out in India. Given the forecasts for the end of 2013, the target of 200 projects will be easily met.


    The extra-financial results for the third quarter 2013 are available on our site

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    As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructure, Industries & Machines Manufacturers, Non-residential Building, Data Centres & Networks and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group's 140,000 plus employees achieved sales of 24 billion euros in 2012, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.

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